Fillings are one of the more common dental procedures done today, and are a tried-and-true method for preventing the spread of tooth decay and restoring strength and function to damaged teeth. Mitchell Wechsler, DDS, a skilled and caring dentist at Lancaster Dental Group: A Wechsler Family Practice, provides exceptional fillings for his patients with cavities. If you’re in the Lancaster, California, area and would like to learn more about how Dr. Wechsler can help improve your oral health, book an appointment today by calling the offices or using the convenient online scheduling tool.
A filling is a dental procedure wherein a bonding substance is used to fill in cracks or holes in teeth that have been damaged from decay or physical trauma like chipping. Dental fillings are very common, with the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey estimating that the average American adult has about seven permanent teeth with fillings.
There are a large number of different bonding substances that can be used as dental fillings, such as:
At Lancaster Dental Group: A Wechsler Family Practice, Dr. Wechsler only uses non-metal substances for all of his restorations, due to their enhanced strength and ability to blend in better with your natural tooth color.
The most common reason to get fillings is to treat cavities formed by tooth decay. Cavities happen when plaque is left to sit on the surface of your teeth for too long, allowing the bacteria and acids found in the plaque to eat away at the hard enamel of your teeth.
Some of the signs that you might have a cavity include:
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, book an appointment with Dr. Wechsler immediately to determine whether you need a filling in order to prevent further damage and decay.
When you come into Lancaster Dental Group: A Wechsler Family Practice to get a filling, the first thing Dr. Wechsler does is numb the gum and tissue around the affected tooth with a local anesthetic.
If you’re filling a cavity caused by tooth decay, Dr. Wechsler uses a drill to remove all of the decay from the affected area, and then cleans out the hole to make sure that it’s free of debris and bacteria. He then fills in the hole with a bonding substance and either waits for it to dry or, in the case of some composite fillings, uses a curing light to make the material harden.
You might notice some swelling or sensitivity after the procedure, but you should be able to get back to using your tooth like normal almost immediately!
If you’d like to learn more about how Dr. Wechsler can use fillings to improve your oral health, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment today by calling the offices or using the convenient online booking tool.